Help with Scotland

Old Jan 17th, 2010, 12:01 PM
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Help with Scotland

We are planning our first trip out of the United States and have decided to spend 7 days in Scotland, preferrably the "highlands". Looking for recommendations to places and events that would help us experience the heartbeat of Scotland in a short time. We prefer historical places and nature scenes. We're planning this as a self-driving tour and could definitely use some directions to maximize our stay.
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Old Jan 17th, 2010, 01:06 PM
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If you haven't already, do a search on this forum for Scottish Highlands. The Scotland experts have already left a wealth of detailed suggestions (including itinerary suggestions) for you to peruse, and then you can formulate some more specific questions. You will love Scotland!
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Old Jan 17th, 2010, 01:08 PM
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Where will fly into and out of? You must do a wee bit of acclimatising, but you're really looking at up one side and back the other. The west has most of the magic, and fewer people. How remote do you want to be. You need at least one island. Most folk choose Skye (I would vote Islay).

How long are you prepared to spend in a car daily?
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Old Jan 17th, 2010, 04:33 PM
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When? Can't tell you about events unless we know when you are visiting.

Also - Scotland is vary large and 7 days is pretty short. Where are you flying into?

The first day you shouldn't drive much (or at all really) because the overnight flight, jetlag, and "wrong side of the road" driving makes that a dicey proposition.

After you've rested up/recovered, the driving is very easy - just not on day/night one.

Also - is your 7 days "on the ground" in Scotland, or is that the total length of the trip?

Either way - you really will only have 5 or 6 days free for your driving tour since the last day is usually eaten up w/ packing and getting to the airport.

We can help you w/ a terrific driving tour for this short a time but - do tell us the 'when' and total # of days.
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Old Jan 18th, 2010, 08:12 AM
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When do you plan to visit? One of the best times to go is August, when the Edinburg festivals take place (list here: The weather is also at its best at that time of year, so it will make traveling by road easier than during the wetter months.
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